“Holiday Click and Connect”
Dec 16, 2011
On Thursday, December 8th, students in the business programs at the Memphis Campus visited the Business Over Coffee (BOC) headquarters for their Holiday Click and Connect Event. BOC is a new organization designed to optimize the presence of business professionals through social media, educational exchange, and networking events. It was established in April with eight members and has since grown to 966 member businesses nationwide with chapters in Nashville, New Jersey, and Atlanta.
The students were able to meet Founder Sherri Henley and Coach Robert Staub whose Small Biz Midsouth organization recently merged with BOC. The BOC members welcomed the students and showed interest in their educational and career pursuits.
As a result of positive feedback from this event, Ms. Henley approached Business Department Chair Patrenna Singletary Hancock about an externship partnership. Effective January 2nd, students will provide media marketing and virtual assistance to BOC and its member’s. BOC Founding Member and HR Brain business owner Delmar Johnson will facilitate the program with Patrenna.
The students are excited to have been awarded complementary memberships and to be starting their extern assignments soon. Patrenna said, “I could not have envisioned a better avenue than Business Over Coffee for the campus to have partnered with for an externship program. BOC is such a good fit for the students from a business and technology perspective. The program will be an asset by further developing their business skills in a real world environment, as well as the hands on element through virtual assistance.”
Through this newly establish relationship, Ms. Johnson has agreed to share her knowledge with the students from a human resources viewpoint during the “Social Skills” workshops Patrenna presents with the Business Department Faculty.